Article 159

“City of Cape Town Commemorates Armistice Day”

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Article by: Lt Col Johan Conradie and Regine Lord

Photos by: Regine Lord & Maj Dalene Coetzee

On Sunday 08 November 2020 at 11:00, the annual Armistice Day service was held inside the Cape Town Civic Centre. Normally, the parade happens outside, in front of the cenotaph in Adderley Street, but inclement weather forced the organisers to make a quick decision to relocate indoors. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, access was strictly controlled, with everyone having to wear masks, sign in and have their temperatures taken and hands sanitised before being allowed inside. In addition, chairs were spaced wide apart throughout the entire foyer.

Executive Deputy Mayor Alderman Ian Neilson was the main speaker, and the Nelson Mandela Artillery Regiment (NMAR) Pipes and Drums, and members of the SA Army Band Cape Town, provided the musical accompaniment. Almost 50 wreaths were laid. The oldest veteran present was Trooper Walter Brewis (95) who laid a wreath on behalf of his comrades.

Published in the Reserve Force Volunteer of Summer 2021.